Do people really write this stuff?

May 13, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | Filed in: books, writing.

My current reading includes a biography of the Apostle Paul by N.T. Wright, a retired Anglican bishop, a biblical historian, and one of the most prolific scholars of the Bible today.

I was reading through some of the Amazon reviews of the book, which generally gets high praise from those who have bought it, and I came across this two-star review:

I have never heard of the author and didn’t know what to expect. I am not a biblical scholar nor particularly a religious Christian person. I picked up this book based on the glowing review of the author. My interest is the history of Paul’s role in shaping early christianity. I was expecting a historical biography of Paul that derived from some new sources. Unfortunately it’s not quite like that. It’s not exactly a historical biography and there is nothing new written about Paul in this book. Considering that my knowledge of Paul is limited to what I have been taught when I was a child, the content of the book is something that I know already. Disappointing and highly over rated.

Bishop Wright has written dozens of books, and yet this review says he/she never heard of him. Then, claiming not to be a biblical scholar (I can believe that!), goes on to pan the book because it has “nothing new.”

Well, as Kurt Vonnegut says, so it goes.

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